AQUARIUM DRUNKARD

Our weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can now be heard twice, every Friday – Noon EST with an encore broadcast at Midnight EST.

SIRIUS 385: Jean Michel Bernard – Générique Stephane  ++ Talking Heads – I Get Wild/Wild Gravity ++ The Clash – The Call Up ++The Aggrovators – Dub Is Shining ++ Talking Heads – Born Unto Punches (The Heat Goes On) ++ Los Holy’s – Campo de Vampiros ++ Ben E. King – Don’t Let Me Down ++ Los York’s – Solo Estoy ++ Mad-A – Aouh Aouh ++ Mel Brown – Eighteen Pounds Of Unclean Chitlins ++ Los Sleepers – Zombi ++ Les 5 Gentlemen – LSD 25 Ou Les Metamorphoses De Margaret Steinway ++ Thee Milkshakes – Gringles And Groyles ++ Gabor Szabo – Caravan ++ Los Holy’s – Cissy Strut ++ Willie Wright – Nantucket Island ++ Blossom Dearie – That’s Just The Way I Want To Be ++ Blur – Blue Jeans ++ England’s Glory – Shattered Illusions ++ Seu Jorge – Rebel Rebel ++ David Bowie – Fantastic Voyage ++ Women – Black Rice ++ Deerhunter – Rainwater Cassette Exchange ++ The Art Museums – Oh, Modern Girls ++ Lou Reed – A Gift ++ Jay Wiggins – Sad Girl ++ Nick Drake – River Man ++ The Velvet Underground – Sunday Morning ++ Merit Hemmingson – Brudmarsch efter Florsen i Burs ++ Carsten Meinert Kvartet – One For Alice ++ The Life of Clutchy Hopkins

*You can listen, for free, online with the SIRIUS three day trial — just submit an email address and they will send you a password.
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smokey

Via Chapter Music this June, the first-ever reissue of 1970s LA pre-punk gay icons Smokey: >How Far Will You Go?: The S&M Recordings, 1973-81. The collection features cameos from James Williamson of the Stooges, Randy Rhoads and members of the Motels, King Crimson, Suburban Lawns and Bowie’s Tin Machine. First taste (with Williamson sitting in), below.

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Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus.

Mikal Cronin returns with his second Lagniappe Session for Aquarium Drunkard, reinterpreting Neutral Milk Hotel and The Walkmen “in all their 8-bitty sine wave synth glory”. Cronin’s 2013 ukelele-inspired session is still available, here. Mikal, in his own words, below…
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Here they are, in all their 8-bitty sine wave synth glory. These tracks are listed in my computer under my solo electronic music name “Pony Soldier”, based on the name of a hotel off the freeway I saw in Portland many years ago.

Mikal Cronin :: Tenley Town (The Walkmen)

The Walkmen are great. This was recorded in maybe 2007 or 2008, a few years after their record A Hundred Miles Off. I remember always being in awe of their production and how distinctly roomy and live sounding their records were. I don’t remember why I decided to ruin that vibe with an electronic vocoder led cover. I didn’t know how to program drum machines (still don’t) so this was a combo of playing the drum sounds live on a keyboard, and then going back and painstakingly fixing it. I had nothing but time in those days. Recorded on some crappy keyboard my parents had at their house and borrowing my friends MicroKorg to use the vocoder.

Mikal Cronin :: Avery Island / April 1st (Neutral Milk Hotel)

Similar timeframe (2007/2008). Had a phase of listening to a lot of 8-bit music. I made some of my own 8 bit music, on a program that accessed the 4 channel sequencer of a Gameboy. Actually technically the first song I ever recorded was one of those 8 bit things [“Mango (in my) Backpack, circa 2005]. This is just on the same shitty keyboard with the sine wave setting. Neutral Milk Hotel changed my life musically and always thought this was a beautiful instrumental off their first record On Avery Island. Again, not sure why I decided to ruin that beauty with a keyboard cover…maybe because I could see it in a classic video game soundtrack in this incarnation….but either way it happened, and here it is!

Lagniappe Sessions Archives / imagery via d norsen.

rollingstones

I grew up in Atlanta, and there was a trail that went through the woods that led to the back of a shopping center housing a grocery store — one named Big Star, that I would soon find employment in bagging groceries at 15. As such, I took this trail a lot, having no idea the store was the namesake of a band that I would later obsess over, but that’s a story for another time.

This is a tale of ‘stonededed.’ As you exited the woods, the makeshift trail dipped through a hole in a fence spilling onto concrete. As your eyes adjusted to the sudden lack of tree cover the first thing you noticed was the word STONEDEDED scrawled in green spray paint on the side of an ostensibly abandoned 18 wheeler’s trailer. What could it mean? Who wrote it? Why? And why did the store not paint over it? These questions, and others, ran through my 15 year old brain as I rounded the corner of the back of the shopping center, readying myself for minimum wage teenage servitude.

I never discovered the answers to any of the above, but years later I did make a mixtape of late 70s and early 80s Rolling Stones, nicking the title from that faded green spray paint: STONEDEDED. And with that, here in the digital age of streaming media, I now pass it on to you.

Spotify: Rolling Stones – STONEDEDED

louis

“They Say I Look Like God” – via 1962’s The Real Ambassadors - Louis Armstrong’s collaboration with Iola and Dave Brubeck addressing the civil rights movement. Recorded in the Fall of 1961 at New York’s Columbia studios, an abridged version of the set was performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival the following September.

Arguably Armstrong’s most haunting performance, during the Monterrey set, his vocal group placed sackcloths and hoods over their heads just before “They Say I Look Like God” began – which they would then raise in order to sing their parts.

No video of the Monterrey set exists…nor was it ever performed again live.

Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra :: They Say I Look Like God

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Rough. Edges.

Ben E. King :: Don’t Let Me Down

a1236678216_2As with superheroes, team-ups between great musicians are not always recipes for success. But North Carolina’s Three Lobed Records has cooked up some truly tasty collabs in the past — the killer Steve Gunn / Hiss Golden Messenger LP, for instance, or the inspired pairing of Bardo Pond and Tom Carter.

This year, the label has another winner: Qalgebra, a thorny, delightful extravaganza created by Royal Trux/Howling Hex mastermind Neil Michael Hagerty and Wooden Wand’s James Jackson Toth. Hagerty and Toth might not seem like the most obvious partnership, but they’ve definitely proven themselves to be adventurous souls over the years, each willing to follow their respective muses down some strange (but almost always rewarding) backroads.

The Qalgebra trip kicks off with “Spindizzy,” a manic blast of skronked-out boogie that shifts gears abruptly into obtuse New Age mutterings. Side one continues in this vein, with both Toth and Hagerty sounding like they’re enjoying themselves fully. The 18+-minute title track that spans the second side is a thing of schizoid beauty that slides effortlessly from raga-esque drifts to krautrock pulses, from harmonica-fueled hoedowns to fuzzy guitar breakdowns. There may not be any particular destination in mind here — it’s all about the journey. Hop on board.  words / t wilcox

Hagerty-Toth Band :: Spindizzy

Our weekly two hour show on SIRIUS/XMU, channel 35, can now be heard twice, every Friday – Noon EST with an encore broadcast at Midnight EST.

SIRIUS 384: Jean Michel Bernard – Generique Stephane ++ X – The Once Over Twice ++ The Gories – Hey, Hey We’re The Gories ++ Canarios – Trying So Hard ++ The Arrows – Blue’s Theme ++ Screaming Lord Sutch – Flashing Lights ++ Alex Chilton – Jumpin’ Jack Flash ++ Thee Headcoats – Diddy Wah Diddy ++ The Pebbles – We Love The Beatles ++ The Fresh & Onlys – Waterfall ++ David Bowie – Shapes of Things ++ T. Rex – Monolith ++ The Gories – Casting My Spell ++ Thee Headcoatees – I Want Candy ++ The Sonics – Psycho ++ Untouchables – Crawlin’ (The Crawl) ++ Cheater Slicks – Crying ++ Sparkle Moore – Killer (demo) ++ Saxons – Camel Walk ++ The Mad Daddy – Jet Speed Saucer Blast ++ The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat ++ Lou Reed – Satellite of Love ++ Bainc Didonc – 4 Cheveux Dans Le Vent ++ The Eyes – My Degeneration ++ The Modern Lovers – She Cracked ++ England’s Glory – Shattered Illusions ++ The Seeds – Can’t Seem To Make You Mine ++ The Gibson Bros. – Bo Diddley Pulled A Boner ++ Richard Swift – The Bully ++ Richard Swift – Drakula (Hey Man!) ++ The Black Keys – No Fun ++ Iggy & The Stooges – Raw Power ++ The Dirtbombs – Chains of Love ++ The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Chicken Dog ++ Spacemen 3 – Come Down Easy (demo) ++ Kim And Grim – You Don’t Love Me ++ Alex Chilton – Don’t Worry Baby ++ Big Star – September Girls ++ The Rock*A*Teens – Down With People ++ The Sonics – Strychnine ++ Reigning Sound – Stormy Weather ++ The Rock*A*Teens – Black Metal Scars ++ The Kinks – I’m Not Like Everybody Else ++ Billy Nicholls – London Social Degree ++ Harlan T. Bobo – Mlle. Chatte ++ Peter Sarstedt – Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) ++ Rex Garvin & The Mighty Cravers – Emulsified ++ William Sheller – Exitissimo ++ Arif Sag – Su Sansunun Evleri

*You can listen, for free, online with the SIRIUS three day trial — just submit an email address and they will send you a password.
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vetiver

This is a mix I made on my living room turntables with some morning coffee, just grabbing at recent finds and old favorites piled around. Most are 45s. No theme per se, only that these are songs I return to all the time and wanted to share. Big shout out to Chris at Groove Merchant for always delivering the goods. – Andy Cabic (Vetiver)

Aquarium Drunkard Presents: Vetiver – A Mixtape